2008-12-18 / Local & State

CF Schools Awarded Highmark Healthy High 5 School Challenge Grant

Grant will provide resources to develop and implement programs aimed at preventing childhood obesity, self-esteem

McConnellsburg High School has been awarded a Highmark Healthy High 5 School Challenge grant of $ 9,310 to implement resources aimed to address the growing issue of childhood obesity and helping the students improve their self-esteem. Mc- Connellsburg Middle School has also been awarded a Highmark Healthy High 5 School Challenge grant of $ 8,235 to implement resources aimed to address the growing issue of childhood obesity and helping the students improve their self-esteem.

Studies illustrate that the health habits children develop at a young age will continue with them through adulthood, and the grant will support Mc- Connellsburg Middle School's efforts in introducing programs that will ultimately create healthier, more successful students.

The high school will be using the grant to continue the fitness center for the high school, continue Fruity Friday's once a month and offer the students before school and after-school programs. The program is expected to reach 210 students in grades nine, 10, 11 and 12.

McConnellsburg Middle School will be using the grant to continue the bicycle unit for the middle sSchool, continue Wellness Wednesday's once a month and offer the students before school and after-school programs. The program is expected to reach 210 students in grades six, seven, and eight.

"We recognize the importance of providing our students with the resources that will encourage them to adopt healthy habits," said Jessica Fish, high school healthy & physical education Instructor. "This grant will allow us to provide children with resources to implement programs to help our children adopt healthier habits and give them opportunities to participate in safe active activities."

As of November 2008, the Highmark Foundation, through the Highmark Healthy High 5 School Challenge, has awarded a total of more than $2.4 million in grants to 318 schools in 45 counties across Pennsylvania for programs that address bullying prevention and self-esteem, improve nutrition education, enhance nutrition choices and provide opportunities for physical activity.

"The Highmark Healthy High 5 School Challenge Grant Program is geared toward helping schools address their unique health and wellness challenges," said Yvonne Cook, president of the Highmark Foundation. "This grant provides McConnellsburg High School with the resources and tools to implement an innovative program that will help their students establish lifelong healthy habits."

For more information on the program, go to www.highmarkhealthyhigh5.org.

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